Rebecca wins Rochford disability award

Rebecca wins Rochford disability award

Rebecca wins Rochford disability award

First published in News

A TEENAGER who has lived with diabetes since the age of five has been honoured for her sporting achievements.

Rebecca Foyle, 14, won the Rochford District Council Disability Sports Personality of the Year. Gymnast and dancer Rebecca focuses on her abilities rather than her condition. The Fitzwimarc School pupil won the title last month.

Her mum Suzanne, from Rayleigh, said: “’We noticed Rebecca had diabetes quite early on because she was so thirsty, had lost weight and was always tired, which are all classic symptoms.

“She had already started dancing at this young age attending tap, modern, ballet and gymnastics classes. We have always had the attitude that it’s not going to stop her in life, and this has been the best thing, as it is now her own attitude.

“Rebecca has to keep tight control on her sugar levels, especially with the excessive amount she does. It means she can have desserts, cakes, sweets etc.... the same as any other child, but the only difference is that she needs something sweet before she exercises. The fact she dances every day (except one), means she is not deprived of anything.

“Despite this disability, through determination and hard work, she is now an accomplished dancer with a world title to her name. She truly deserves her award.”

Rebecca, who is on three insulin injections a day, goes to Performers Dance College in Corringham, Karizma Urban Dance School in Canvey and is a member of Masters of Motion (MOM), a street dance team aged 10-15 who have appeared n Britain’s Got Talent.

They won the 2011 Youth World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool, and this year moved up to the U18 Advanced Category and came fourth in the world championships.

At FitzWimarc School, Rebecca represents the school in gym and trampolining. in 2011, she competed in the Under 14 National Gymnastic Competition and with her team came third.

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2:11pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

Well done Rebecca excellent.
Since the age of 5 is along time and I know how hard you must have worked.
Well done Rebecca excellent. Since the age of 5 is along time and I know how hard you must have worked. Brunning999
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3:02pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

Well done young lady.
Well done young lady. Eric Whim
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10:38am Sun 2 Dec 12

bob7 says...

Good to see someone coping well with something nature has thrown at them. Well done.

I met an inspirational young woman recently. Only had one fully working arm due to a stroke as a toddler. Passed a first aid course with flying colours, even applying bandages one handed.
Good to see someone coping well with something nature has thrown at them. Well done. I met an inspirational young woman recently. Only had one fully working arm due to a stroke as a toddler. Passed a first aid course with flying colours, even applying bandages one handed. bob7
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5:30pm Sun 2 Dec 12

StuckInTraffic says...

Well done Rebecca, good to see someone doing well. I don't however see how diabetes can be classed as a disability, it is an inconvenience having to maintain proper control of your blood sugars, but once you understand how then it's fairly easy. I get that diabetes can cause disabilities, which usually occur in later life, but not at a young age. I have had Type 1 diabetes for the last 35 years so have a bit of experience. Sir Steve Redgrave is also a Type 1 diabetic and has been for many years, I don't think you would say he has a disability though, would you?
Well done Rebecca, good to see someone doing well. I don't however see how diabetes can be classed as a disability, it is an inconvenience having to maintain proper control of your blood sugars, but once you understand how then it's fairly easy. I get that diabetes can cause disabilities, which usually occur in later life, but not at a young age. I have had Type 1 diabetes for the last 35 years so have a bit of experience. Sir Steve Redgrave is also a Type 1 diabetic and has been for many years, I don't think you would say he has a disability though, would you? StuckInTraffic
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